Hellboy

I love red-band trailers. This is the red-band version of the 2nd trailer for the reboot of Hellboy. It looks like it might actually be worth seeing. While I really loved the 2004 adaptation by Guillermo del Toro (if you haven’t seen it, it is both very funny, and has a decent amount of action) this actually looks like a reboot that would be worth the time.

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Bureau 13. The Laundry Files. The Dresden Files. Grimm. I love them all.

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A Live Action Cowboy Bebop Could Be Good

Anime can be interesting, but often isn’t. Cowboy Bebop was one of the better efforts. Cowboy Bebop: John Cho to Lead Netflix’s Live-Action Adaptation. Netflix has done well with the other live-action stuff they’ve tackled, so there is hope this will be good.

TechCruch – who got the name Spiegel wrong – is going on and on about whitewashing Asian characters, and how this casting is an improvement. Though I never got the idea that Spiegel was an Asian name. Who knew?

While the movie wasn’t great, this scene is a pretty good intro to 2 of the main characters, Spike Spiegel and Jet Black. Though it can be hard to see, the firearm Spike is using is an Israeli Military Industries Jericho 941. (Imported to the USA by Magnum Research as the Baby Eagle.) 941 because it originally came with everything for both 9mm and .41 Action Express.

In some ways, the intro song to the movie – which has absolutely nothing to do with the story – is the best part of the movie.

“Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat”

Being almost completely unplugged from popular culture of the day, I missed the fact that John Wick 3 is coming out this summer.

I guess I knew that the made a sequel to the original, but I haven’t seen it. I guess I will make time.

The original, John Wick, is perhaps the best revenge movie made in the past 20 years. And it is a great action movie, in the style of the John Woo films. No fancy special effects. No jumpy, jump-cuts. (I thought I was getting seasick in one of the Jason Borne films.) The fight scenes have to be thought out. And an anti-hero is always an interesting look at the world. Plus the world-building they did, with the hotel, and the services available was superb.

So, I guess I will have to find time re-watch 1, see 2 for the 1st time, and be ready for 3. Maybe that will the summer movie I see, because the Marvel cinematic universe is pissing me off.

The title of this post? It comes from one of John Wick’s tattoos. It’s Latin for “Fortune favors the brave.”

V for Vendetta

March 17, 2005 was a strange day to release V for Vendetta. It should have probably been released on The Fifth of November, since “Remember, remember the fifth of November…” figures prominently in the movie.

But on whatever day it was released, it was a good movie. (Use this link when YouTube trips over the privacy extensions in your browser.)

My favorite scene is probably the speech given by V. The final fight scene is good too. That speech can be found at this link.

What Happens When Students Are Better at Cybersecurity Than School Administrators?

The administrators get schooled. Students Hack School System to Change Grades and Attendance.

Like a modern day WarGames, students in Michigan have hacked into a school district’s computer system and changed grades and attendance records.

The parents have been notified, but apparently not the police. (Hacking is a federal crime, with stiff penalties.) And they got caught this time. Do you think this is the first time the school got hacked?

While the linked article references the grade-changing scene from the movie WarGames, I always like the bit from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off much better.

The scene from WarGames can be found at this link.

So the Captain Marvel Dilemma

The current score for Captain Marvel at Rotten Tomatoes (audience review – the only metric that matters) is up to 50%. It hit a low early on in the 30 percent range. YouTube changed their search algorithm to screen out any video commenting on the movie not approved by the Corporate Masters. Rotten Tomatoes did some tweaking to what is allowed in comments. And the vibe on Dissenter is that Rotten Tomatoes is actually deleting comments to push up that rating to get it to 50%. They will tell you it is because of trolls, but the truth is they are no longer interested in your opinions. They want to tell you what to think. (And not just about movies.)

Which I can believe. The trailers had some interesting bits, but there was a bit too much kitsch, even for a trailer. Too much right-stuff-walking. Too much taking yourself too seriously. Too much social justice. Too predictable.

I had been looking forward to the movie, now I think I will take a hard pass. But then I have been losing interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time.

I didn’t see Avengers: Age of Ultron in a theater, or Infinity War, or Black Panther. But I still have enough Marvel in my life, between catching up on Agents of Shield, and the Netflix shows. And I’ve really enjoyed both seasons of Black Lightning, which is the best show from the DC side of things.

Captain Marvel will be on video eventually.

Makes Me Wanna Die

I first ran across this song when it was included in the movie The Replacement Killers. Which is a much better movie than it got credit for being. Chow Yun-Fat, Mira Sorvino, and directed by Antoine Fuqua, with roles for Jürgen Prochnow, Michael Rooker and Danny Trejo. I think it is better than Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which it can be fairly compared to.

This is “Makes Me Wanna Die” by Tricky. (This is the Weekend Mix.) At this remove, I’m not sure if this is quite the mix that shows up in the movie.